I need help working out if something that is culturally acceptable, well actually almost expected, in Australia is done here in Germany.
In Australia, we have what is know as “the wave”. The wave is used when you are driving and someone lets you pull in in front of them, then you give them “the wave” to say thanks. Anyone who doesn’t wave after you let them in in front of you is immediately deemed an asshole.
When you are a pedestrian you also give “the wave” when cars actually bother to stop to let you cross at a pedestrian crossing. Yes, I know that they are supposed to stop, but in Australia it is staggering how many cars just ignore the fact that you are standing waiting to cross. Therefore you give “the wave” to say ‘thanks for stopping and being a decent human being’.
The Germans are unbelievably good at stopping at pedestrian crossings. On my morning run/jog/flail there is a road with a pedestrian crossing that cuts through the park and the cars immediately stop when they see me approaching. I want to give them “the wave” to say thanks, but is that how things are done here? Or are they going to think that I know them if I wave at them and get totally confused?
Can anyone help me out here?